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Reminiscence and ageing


GILLIAN COHEN a1c1 and STEPHANIE TAYLOR a1
a1 Psychology Department, The Open University, UK

Abstract

This paper questions assumptions about reminiscence and looks at definitions of it. Functions of different types of reminiscence are examined and distinctions are drawn between these and autobiographical memories. Methodologies of eliciting reminiscences are critically considered. Finally, types and amounts of reminiscence are related to life style and age group.

(Accepted February 4 1998)


Key Words: ageing; reminiscence; autobiographical memory; age effects; life review; therapy.

Correspondence:
c1 Address for correspondence: Gillian Cohen and Stephanie Taylor, Psychology Department, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK.